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The Lowdown:  Playoff contenders gearing up for finish

The Lowdown: Playoff contenders gearing up for finish

Dan Lauletta July 22, 2014 24

There is something of an uneasy feeling at Sahlen’s Stadium this summer.  The Flash are used to being at the top of the table, cruising into the playoffs, and contending for championships.  But 2014

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Thorns on a roll: Sinclair, Morgan finding chemistry with Boquete in midfield

Thorns on a roll: Sinclair, Morgan finding chemistry with Boquete in midfield

Jeff Kassouf July 22, 2014 55

When Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan were allocated to Portland Thorns FC prior to the NWSL’s inaugural season, the collective feelings elsewhere around the league were two-fold: How could two of the world’s best

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Fiona O’Sullivan continues playing abroad while coaching US youth during summer

Fiona O’Sullivan continues playing abroad while coaching US youth during summer

Tim Grainey July 16, 2014 4

As many Americans have returned home from clubs abroad to play in NWSL this season, including U.S. national team pool members Christen Press, Yael Averbuch, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, to name a few,

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The Lowdown: Tight races for final playoff spots

The Lowdown: Tight races for final playoff spots

Dan Lauletta July 16, 2014 35

Just like that there are only five weeks to go in the NWSL season.  At the moment it seems like two teams rate between very safe and fairly safe to reach the playoffs and

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NWSL officiating: The narrative and the statistics

NWSL officiating: The narrative and the statistics

Jeff Kassouf July 15, 2014 70

For the second year in a row, refereeing in the National Women’s Soccer League has been a primary topic of discussion. It was a concern in season one, and this year, rightly, wrongly or

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Ellis stressing connection with US players, coaches

Ellis stressing connection with US players, coaches

Jeff Kassouf July 14, 2014 355

Jill Ellis has 11 months to get the pieces in place ahead of the 2015 World Cup, and she is stressing camaraderie among her coaching staff and between her and her players as a

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Can shot/save statistics predict playoff teams?

Can shot/save statistics predict playoff teams?

Emily Dulhanty July 11, 2014 40

Those tasked with assessing the performance of women’s soccer teams at all levels are at a unique disadvantage because there are limited statistics available on a regular basis.  So we use what we have,

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Fifteen years ago today, USWNT won World Cup

Fifteen years ago today, USWNT won World Cup

Jeff Kassouf July 10, 2014 62

Fifteen years ago today, on July 10, 1999, the United States women’s national team won its second and most recent World Cup title. The anniversary is a reminder of the most iconic moment in

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The Lowdown: The case for FC Kansas City

The Lowdown: The case for FC Kansas City

Dan Lauletta July 9, 2014 22

The remarkable start by Seattle Reign FC has managed to give anonymity to the second-best team in the NWSL: FC Kansas City. FC Kansas City’s 5-0 thrashing of Sky Blue FC on Sunday night

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The Lowdown: The 2015 NWSL schedule conundrum

The Lowdown: The 2015 NWSL schedule conundrum

Dan Lauletta July 2, 2014 40

The World Cup is over for the American men, which means some of the focus can switch to the women, who play next summer in Canada. Yes the U.S. has to qualify, and I

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